Hands-on projects make a positive difference.
ESA members and chapters provide more than 650,000 hours of hands-on service within their local communities each year. Warm Welcome and Hats for Hope programs are two hands-on projects that have earned national and international popularity. Originally created by members who identified specific needs within their communities, these programs have grown and been adapted for use by numerous members and chapters throughout ESA.
Born from one member’s concern about newborn babies being sent home from a local hospital wrapped in newspaper, Warm Welcome was started when her chapter made and donated baby blankets to the hospital.
Through discussions among members and ESA Headquarters, the idea was expanded and circulated throughout ESA membership. Member response was terrific, and many chapters, in consultation with their local hospitals, circulate blankets and parental “instruction sheets" (information sheets for new parents to use in times of emergency) to newborns in need.
Since the beginning of the Warm Welcome program, a number of patterns have been developed for newborn blankets and the “instruction sheets” have been translated into Spanish.
Information on Warm Welcome, a copy of the ”instruction sheet,” and blanket patterns can be found in the ESA Member Center